Courtesy of a private collector | Licence: All Rights Reserved
Courtesy of a private collector | Licence: All Rights Reserved

On the way to the falls


[July - August 1848]



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"When my hosts (of the previous evening) asked why I went to the Falls: they would not believe that it was from curiosity alone. I did not tell them how far I had come from curiosity, as they might have thought I was really a madman. They imagined I was on the look-out for gold and silver. Whilst there, what had created the most amusement was an Indian-rubber elastic band that I had round my sketch-book".
This is a page from a unique leather-bound volume of Robert Elwes’ travelogue 'A Sketcher's Tour Round the World', first published 1854, (see page 72 for corresponding passage).
The book contains the printed text of the manuscript but remarkably, the monochrome wash illustrations are hand painted by Elwes. The book bears a handwritten inscription ‘Mary F Elwes from her affect. husband Robert Elwes Jan 25 1878’, dated after Robert Elwes became ill at Congham, his Norfolk home. On 28th January 1878 , their youngest daughter Violet noted in her diary: “Papa much worse”. Less than three months later, Robert Elwes died on 17th April aged 58.

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From the Watercolour World


Paulo Afonso Falls, Brazil